Stojan Nikolić: 10 Year Jubilee

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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

On the 4th of August 2003 e.v. I took my Minerval degree. Today I celebrate my ten year jubilee. I will always consider Frater Sagitta LVX as my mentor in the Ordo Templi Orientis.

The basic curriculum of the O.T.O. is the accelerated life of the individual. This individuation is supported by processes of Initiation according to the formative method of the Tetragrammaton, or the formula of the Four Powers of Sphinx. In the third, or the Man of Earth triad, the Initiate enters in turn through the four Gates of the Elemental Kingdom. The result of the successive opening of the seven Chakras is a full activation of the first part of the Nephesch (considered to be of dual nature), being something akin to the prana, the vital, electric principle of life force which animates the corporeal body, infusing the psyche with the two powerful urges of libido and mortido. As such, it is closely connected to the Id from Freudian theory, Eros and Thanatos. This Path in Eternity is always dramatic. It is the beginning of the Path of social scientific illumination and making of the Cosmic Mandala, which later leads to the balance of the Rosy-Cross, and ultimately to the secret of the Eucharist.

The O.T.O. is designed to establish Thelema’s natural and social manifestation, the securing of a world conducive to Aspirants. The O.T.O. is concerned with that which is temporal and the outer initiation, the Natural World. The А.'.А.'. on the other hand is concerned with that which is eternal and the inner initiation, the Spiritual World or the Path of the Great Return. Both are concerned with the evolution of the human race, but one with the individual’s relationship with the environment, the other with the individual’s relationship with the soul. Both promulgate evolution through the New Aeon and its Law of Thelema. The Equinox Volume III, Number 1 (Blue Equinox), Editorial: “This truth is of two orders: one, concerning Nature external to Man; two, concerning Nature internal to Man.” The lessons and information given in each O.T.O. degree teach the individual how best to interact with its circumstances and environment while leading to the comprehension of a certain Arcanum.

This new Aeon is still young and the O.T.O. far from being completely developed; it will reach its full potential long after our current incarnations. What is most important for all present and future members is that the System works, if you work with it. To quote Lon Milo DuQuette from his preface to the “Grimoire of Aleister Crowley” by Rodney Orpheus: "As you might expect, Crowley didn't make the O.T.O. ordeal an easy one. In fact, I've known more promising magicians to wreck on the shoals of the Order's societal challenges, than for any other reason." In the meantime I refer you back to your Initiators for close study of each degree and the lessons imparted therein – see how best to apply them to your own circumstances and environment. Pay particular attention to the epistle on Duty and the Libri LXXVII, LII, CXCIV, CI, CLXI, as well as the Equinox Vol.III No.10. Attend and perform in the Gnostic Mass as often as possible, for within it are veiled all the Mysteries of the O.T.O..

"The world needs religion. Religion must represent Truth, and celebrate it. This truth is of two orders: one, concerning Nature external to Man; two, concerning Nature internal to Man. Existing religions, especially Christianity, are based on primitive ignorance of the facts, particularly of external Nature.

Celebrations must conform to the custom and nature of the people. Christianity has destroyed the joyful celebrations, characterized by music, dancing, feasting and making love, and has kept only the melancholy.

The Law of Thelema offers a religion which fulfills all necessary conditions. The philosophy and metaphysics of Thelema are sound, and offer a solution of the deepest problems of humanity. The science of Thelema is orthodox; is has no false theories of Nature, no false fables of the origin of things. The psychology and ethics of Thelema are perfect. It has destroyed the damnable delusion of Original Sin, making every one unique, independent, supreme and sufficient."

Life and Liberty are threatened everywhere. We need a Watchword and a Banner for the battle. We need a Principle on which to reconstruct. And so: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. If you want Freedom, you must fight. If you want to fight, you must organize. If you want to organize, contact Ordo Templi Orientis.

Salute to the Minervals, our Infantry!
Salute to the First Degrees, our Navy!
Salute to the Second Degrees, our Aviation!
Salute to the Third Degrees, our Armored Artillery!
Salute to our Lieutenants, the Fourth Degrees and P.I.’s!

Love is the law, love under will.

Photo credit: Glen C. Sheffer (1881–1948), A Century of Progress, the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.

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